The iPhone 6 will launch later this year via Apple's online and retail stores, in addition to all major carriers. And yes, it looks like the iPhone's screen has grown once again. Both phones will ship Sept. 19 in the U.S. and eight other countries. Apple wants to be in 115 countries by the end of 2014. Pre-orders start Friday.
They will come equipped with iOS 8, the latest version Apple's mobile operating system. It's a free upgrade for owners of generations of iPhones 4s and later, iPad 2 and iPad mini users, and those who own the fifth generation iPod Touch.
Display: 4.7 inches
Price: $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for new 128 GB (with 2-year carrier contract).
Colors: Gold, silver, space gray
iPhone 6 Plus:
Display: 5.5 inches
Price: $299 for 16 GB, $399 for 64 GB, $499 for 128 GB (with 2 year contract)
Schiller (Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Apple Inc.) introduced a "brand new gesture" for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, called "reachability." Schiller said a double-touch, "not even a press," slides the whole display down so you can reach "anything" at the top of the phone.
Schiller explained that the new 64-bit A8 chip has two billion transistors, twice as many as the A1 chip. This allows for 25 percent faster CPU performance and up to 50 percent faster graphics performance.
The two new iPhones also have better battery life, Schiller said, including 50 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video watching for the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 has a 1334x750 display, the 6 Plus 1920x1080 display. That's over 1 million pixels on the iPhone 6 and over 2 million on the iPhone 6 plus. These new display sizes use a new generation of Retina display Apple is calling Retina HD. The new reengineered displays use ion-strengthened glass on top, and on the bottom, an ultrathin backlight. Even with the larger display, Apple is promising the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have equal or better battery life than the last generation of iPhones.
The new, protruding camera is 8MP with "True Tone" flash and a f/2.2 aperture. According to Apple's Phil Schiller, the camera's new sensor allows for auto-focus that works twice as fast, thanks to "phase detection." While the iPhone 6 will include digital image stabilization, the iPhone 6 Plus will utilize optical image stabilization, which should make those shaky action shots come out way better.
And more than just still photos, the iPhone 6 can now shoot 1080p video at either 30fps or 60fps, while Slo-Mo functionality moves to an impressive 240fps. The faster auto-focus for still photos--that faster "phase detection" tech--also transfers over to video on the iPhone 6. Perhaps most impressive, this could mean no more constant tapping of the screen to refocus during longer video shots.
The arrival of two different-sized iPhones marks a major shift in Apple's smartphone strategy. The company previously resisted following the lead of competing Android phone makers, namely Samsung, in releasing phones with screens larger than 4 inches, let alone multiple sizes of new phones in the same year. Last year, both of Apple's flagship devices, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, had screens measuring 4 inches diagonally.